News: January 2007 Archives

LOS ANGELES — Part of the producing teams that helped launch the Academy Award-nominated films ‘‘The Departed’’ and ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine’’ will have to watch from their seats if either movie should win the best picture Oscar next month. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that only Graham King will get the credit for the crime drama ‘‘The Departed,’’ leaving Brad Pitt and Paramount Pictures studio chief Brad Grey out in the cold. Similarly — as reported in today's column by Bill Zwecker — the academy decided that Ron Yerxa and Chicago's Albert Berger did not meet its guidelines for inclusion as producers of ‘‘Little Miss Sunshine,’’ which has already won top honors from the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. ...

Police reuniting at Grammys!

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After weeks of speculation, the Police confirmed today that the band will reunite to open the 49th annual Grammy Awards Feb. 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The group has not performed live since its 2003 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Grammy appearance is widely expected to kick off a year’s worth of reunion shows throughout the world. ...

'Water' finally flowing in India

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MUMBAI, India — Oscar-nominated Canadian movie ‘‘Water’’ will be shown in India this spring, seven years after angry Hindu nationalists stormed the sets, forcing its Indian-born director to stop filming. This time, promoters say, they don’t foresee any trouble.

O'Toole may not show to Oscars?!

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Virgin reports that Peter O'Toole's health may prevent him from coming to the big show — just a few years after he hesitated to accept the lifetime achievement Oscar because he insisted he could still win an award outright!

Presidential hopefuls court pre-Oscars celebs

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Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker reports today that Sen. Barack Obama "will be the star attraction at the upcoming Feb. 20 pre-Oscars fund-raiser at the Beverly Hilton, hosted by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Katzenberg already has officially endorsed Obama, but longtime Clinton friends Spielberg and Geffen still could support her, even though they're co-hosting this Obama event." (Obama was a Grammy-nominee last year, don't forget!) Sen. HIllary Clinton, too, is heading to Hollywood to dip into deep pockets.

Globes winners get weekend box-office bumps

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LOS ANGELES — The dance flick ‘‘Stomp the Yard’’ retained its top spot at the box office for a second week, but a handful of small films were boosted by their success at the Golden Globes. ...

'24' doesn't have Jack on Globes ratings

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Golden Globes telecast got the best of Jack Bauer on Monday night. In the ratings, that is. The Globes, on NBC, grabbed 20 million viewers, while Fox’s ‘‘24’’ pulled in 15.7 million. It was the second year in a row the awards show came out on top.

Oprah set for Oscar telecast

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Move over, Baba Wawa: Oprah Winfrey will host a prime-time Oscar special for ABC. The special will air Feb. 22, the Thursday before the Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 25 on ABC.

Your dream host for the Oscars: David Beckham?!

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They're not even settled in Los Angeles yet, but David Beckham and his Posh wife are already the target of celebrity hounds seeking to sign them up for gigs: A poll found that of all the people out there, David Beckham is the person you most want to see host the Oscars. Uh, OK, sure.

Helen Mirren needs a bigger trophy case

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LOS ANGELES — Oh, to be Helen Mirren this weekend. It started Friday morning, when Mirren got word that her film ‘‘The Queen’’ topped the list of nominees for the British Academy Film Awards, the British equivalent of the Academy Awards. On Friday afternoon, the American Film Institute honored another Mirren movie, ‘‘Elizabeth I,’’ as one of the year’s 10 best television productions. ...

Reality mogul takes over MTV Movie Awards

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LOS ANGELES — Reality TV mogul Mark Burnett is a self-professed fan of the MTV Movie Awards but says they’ve gotten a bit staid — something he plans to change as executive producer of this year’s ceremony. ‘‘They’ve become so well-produced that it doesn’t feel as MTV as in the early days,’’ Burnett said Thursday. ‘‘MTV invented brevity in television, quick-cutting and [the idea] that anything could happen.’’

Ebert won't attend Oscars

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Still recovering from various surgeries over the last several months, Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert says he'll watch the Oscars on TV like the rest of us.

Globes follows Academy, nixes gift bags

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By SANDY COHEN

LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globe gift basket is no more. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the annual Golden Globe Awards, announced today that it had reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to satisfy past tax obligations on the plush gift packages given to awards-show presenters. The end result: No such swag will be handed out at this year’s show, to be held Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, said HFPA president Philip Berk. ...

Your wives and girlfriends aren't watching!

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Here's a mythbuster from a story in Media Life: "It’s long been held that the Academy Awards are the Super Bowl for women, but that’s incorrect. The Super Bowl actually draws more female viewers than the Oscars, according to an analysis done by Horizon Media in 2005, and by a large margin."

Another Oscar category shut-out

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The race for this year’s Oscar for best animated feature film just got significantly tighter. Although Luc Besson’s ‘‘Arthur and the Invisibles’’ had appeared on the list of 16 films competing for this year’s animated feature Oscar that was released Nov. 13, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has dropped the film from consideration. ...

Beyonce at least can't lose at the Oscars, since she's not eligible to win. And, in another story about Oscar shut-outs, Brad Pitt joins her on the ineligible bench next month at the Kodak Theater.

This interesting article at Slate examines why certain filmmakers occasionally operate under pseudonyms (he's Steven Soderbergh when he directs, but when he's a cinematographer he's Peter Andrews, and when he edits he's Mary Ann Bernard) — and how it affects Oscars and other awards.